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Strange Pilgrims (1992) [Collection]
by Gabriel García Márquez Rating: Weighted - 8.2 / Average - 8.2 of 10 (4 votes) (Rate!)
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These twelve extraordinary stories are set in contemporary Europe and recount the peculiar and amazing experiences that befall Latin Americans visiting or living abroad. An ailing Caribbean ex-President is befriended in Geneva by an ambitious ambulance driver and his headstrong wife. Margarito Duarte comes to Rome from the Colombian Andes with a box the shape and size of a cello case in order to show the Pope its contents. A woman who wears a snake ring with emerald eyes and is known only as Frau Frieda to the Latin American students in Vienna makes a living by telling her dreams to wealthy families. A pretty Mexican music hall performer is returning to Barcelona when her car breaks down, and she ends up in an insane asylum. In Tuscany, a vacationing family visits a Renaissance castle now owned by a famous Venezuelan writer and meets up with a phantom. Maria dos Prazeres, once Barcelona's most sought-after lady of the night, has a dream in which death appears, so she begins to plan her own funeral. A widow dressed in the habit of Saint Francis sails to Rome from Argentina to meet the Pope. A beautiful Caribbean boy is driven mad in Spain. A German governess destroys the summer for her wards - and is herself destroyed. Billy Sanchez takes his pregnant wife with a cut on her ring finger to a hospital in Paris - and never sees her again. Once again in this breathtaking collection, Gabriel Garcia Marquez invites us into worlds of majesty and magic, from which we emerge spellbound.


  • Prologue: Why Twelve, Why Stories, Why Pilgrims
  • Bon Voyage, Mr. President
  • The Saint
  • Sleeping Beauty and the Airplane
  • I Sell My Dreams
  • "I Only Came to Use the Phone"
  • The Ghosts of August
  • Maria dos Prazeres
  • Seventeen Poisoned Englishmen
  • Tramontana
  • Miss Forbes's Summer of Happiness
  • Light Is Like Water
  • The Trail of Your Blood in the Snow

Original title: Doce centos peregrinos
Original languages: Spanish


Genre: FictionFantasyLiterary FantasyMagical Realism
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

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Edition #1: Strange Pilgrims

Strange Pilgrims (1993)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Edith Grossman
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Strange Pilgrims (1994)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: London
Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 9780140230963
Dimensions: 5 x 7.6 x 0.6 in
Pages: 188

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